MTAA’s Universal Backyard Theater (UBT)
at The Aurora Picture Show, Houston, Texas
Wednesday, April 11, 6:30-8:30PM Brainstorming, Beer and BBQ
Saturday, April 14, 11AM-5PM, Screening at 8PM - Free Admission
Location: Aurora Picture Show Office and Library, 1524 Sul Ross, Houston, Texas
Inspired by old-fashioned barn raisings, which brought the community together in a social framework of interdependence to build a structure from scratch, Aurora Picture Show has commissioned the New York based art collaborative MTAA to perform a 21st century variation on this community gathering with a “pop-up” twist. A backyard in Spring is the perfect location to gather around the projector’s flicker, so Aurora Picture Show invites the public to help us raise a temporary cinema in our backyard! MTAA will host a public brainstorming session in New York and Houston to create the concept, design and construction of a Universal Backyard Theater (UBT) at the Aurora Picture Show. The UBT works as a collaborative process to welcome the community in the creation of this sculptural cinema environment raised to present a one night screening of short film, video and performance.
While MTAA will start the design process in New York, it will be completed in Houston with a brainstorming session on Wednesday, April 11th where the community is invited to help design all aspects of the space, including architectural, aesthetic, and labor choices. Will it have windows? What shape will it be? Have some BBQ and beer while you hammer in our one day speed build this day too. Then on Saturday, April 14, during the Menil Community Arts Festival, help finalize and decorate the space as we prepare for a one-night only screening in the Universal Backyard Theater. After the event, MTAA and Aurora Picture Show will reclaim or donate the materials used to build the UBT so that the theater will live on in another useful form. Special thanks to Saint Arnold Brewery for their support of this program.